I found that Krita lacks sharper brushes so I decided to give it a shot at creating some custom presets for myself. But soon after I started experimenting with more settings in the Krita brush engines (like hue, value, saturation, velocity etc.) and then ideas started to pop into my head. So in the end this BrushKit expanded to 6 brushes which are useful in specific scenarios especially.
If you end up using the brushes please consider commenting your painting in the comments section, I’m really interested to see what you come up with and the ways they’ve been used
brush kit description¶
First thing to note, as I’m not an artist, I created these images in a day specifically for the presentation of this BrushKit and so I can’t show as much material as other established artists, but if this gains popularity I’ll be sure to improve the BrushKit as well as this material as much as I can. I’m counting on you for this! :)
For those YouTube inclined of you I’ve created a small series presenting the brushes one by one which you can find by clicking on the following picture:
As for the rest of you, I’m sure the following will look very familiar to you
as I borrowed the idea from David Revoy’s presentation of his Krita
BrushKit which I find very concise and to the point. But for more
information on how they were used to create the paintings, maybe you’d like to
check the YouTube series as well!
A1 - Ink Chaos (IC) - 100% opaque. A2 - Ink Chaos’ Transparent big brother. Useful more so for exploring random shapes for “cloud gazing” to get that first initial idea going in the concept phase. Due to its rotation with the direction of the stylus you can end up with some crazy & some less crazy shapes. It could be useful as a pure inking brush as well though I haven’t explored this very much. Check out the youtube demonstration for this brush for an example of what I mean.
A2 - Ink Chaos Transparent (ICT) - pressure sensitive opacity. A1 - Ink Chaos’ little brother. Useful more so for exploring random shapes for “cloud gazing” to get that first initial idea going in the concept phase. Due to its rotation with the direction of the stylus you can end up with some crazy & some less crazy shapes. It could be useful as a pure inking brush as well though I haven’t explored this very much. Pretty much like
A1 - Ink Cahos (IC) except with this one you also have to think about value when painting, not just silhouette. Check out the youtube demonstration for this brush for an example of what I mean.
A3 - Flexible Charcoal (FC). David Revoy has a Krita bundle that includes 3 charcoal brushes which are really cool, but the problem I found with them is that the size is fixed so you have to jump from one to the other and it’s not easy to control the thickness of the line as well as the opacity. This preset here is my solution to this.
B1 - Noisy Texture (NT). Generic and useful in a range of situations demanding textured feel although it is quite punctured because of the pattern applied to it. It has a bit of sharpness to it, but not too much.
B2 - Noisy Texture Harsh (NTH). More for giving a textured look to some parts of the painting lacking detail. It’s very harsh so you need a bit of control over it depending on what type of painting style you want to achieve. In the example above, I used it to give sort of a jeans feeling to the pants.
B3 - Dirty Texture (DT). I made this texture for more grungy texture work like rust, dirt, broken concrete/paint, etc.
B4 - Hard Texture (HT). More generic than the other textured brushes, it’s just useful more around because it doesn’t have so many holes in the brush. The other presets are more useful especially towards the end for adding that extra detail.
B5 - Hard Texture 2 (HT2). For the lack of a better name :). Another variation on the textured brushes. Not much else, experiment!
B6 - SemiHard Texture (SHT). So this brush here is useful for pulling back on that digital feel. It has a fair bit of granularity and is hard on the left and soft on the right so it makes a perfect blending brush & eraser. I recommend watching the related youtube demonstration to get a better feel for it and of course, try it out yourself!
C1 - Digital Impasto (DI). I wanted a fairly impasto look so this is a smudge preset. It still has a very digital feel to it which I actually like. One thing to note, it uses the colors from the layers underneath as well, just something to keep in mind.
C2 - Sculpt (S). Another kind of traditional brush. Sort of… It start off with color for a little while then it just smudges 100%. Note that the brush uses the colors on the layers below as well.
D1 - Variable Roundish (VR): from here on we go to more of the experimental type of brushes. This one has hue and value random variability and it’s somewhat round around the corners and not so harsh, hence the unoriginal name. I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what this can be used for (another way of
saying… I have no idea - experiment!).
D2 - Variable Square (VS): this one is actually made from three little squares and it’s a variation on the
Variable Roundish brush which is more harsh, the hue variation is larger as well as slightly less value variation.
D3 - Smoke: was designed with smoke in mind, unsurprisingly, but it turns out it’s a lot more versatile and depending on how you use it you can do stuff like: explosions, cosmic clouds, regular smoke. It has some very interesting mechanics:
- hue variation that goes in clockwise direction of the color wheel based on stroke speed
- value variation based on brush stroke speed
- size variation based on pressure sensitivity but goes from large to small, so the harder you press the more concentrated strokes get
D4 - Repetitive Structure (RS): this is also a very interesting brush. It’s based on a vertical pattern which varies depending on the angle of the stroke. It’s also very spread apart. So you might wonder what’s it useful for. Well, when I made it I was thinking about all of the little details you see on buildings especially in post-apocalyptic scenarios and no one wants to make building windows one by one or too regular, etc. So I created this brush to quickly help me add crunchy details to those buildings, but again, imagination is the limit, I’m sure you can think of multiple innovative ways this brush can be used.
2017.07.18: v0.04 included 9 more presets and rearranged the categories a bit. New additions are of more traditional type (the
Aseries), but as well as more textured brushes (
Bcategory) & digital impasto feel (
Variable Squaresto the (
Dseries) alongside the
Repetitive Structurehas been updated for better quality and more sharpness as well. This means that it has different brush tip as well, but it should be a lot more useful overall.
download & install¶
This BrushKit can be downloaded from here: RZV-Krita-BrushKit.
The RZV Krita BrushKit is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 to “Răzvan C. Rădulescu, https://razvanc-r.gitlab.io”.
You are free to use the RZV Krita BrushKit for yourself and for commercial purposes, but in case of redistribution, commercialization or modifying the brush kit the attribution is necessary.
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